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Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

What started as a casual bike ride across Iowa with a few friends back in 1973, RAGBRAI will now be celebrating its 48th year this July 19-25, 2020! Recognized as the world's longest, largest and oldest recreational bicycle touring event right in our own backyard, we welcome you to come along and experience this week-long ride with a lifetime of memories! 


First Thing First - Your Bicycle! 

A properly fitted and functioning bike can make all the difference in a great bicycle ride. Make sure your bicycle is up-to-speed with our Call Ahead, Same Day Service! Repairs on the road are substantially more expensive so a little planning ahead can save you a lot of time and money. 

Also, when biking any distance, you shouldn't experience pain in your hands, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders, neck, or lower back. Pain in any one of these areas can take all the fun out of your ride. Schedule a Bike Fitting appointment with one of our certified fit technicians so to further enhance your cycling comfort and performance!

Checklist of Items to Bring (PRINT LIST):

Basic Riding GearOn-the-Bike NecessitiesToiletries
BicycleBike Bags 
(one for front - quick access / one for back - bigger items)
Portable Shower Caddy
Helmet (required)ID (driver's license, Road ID wristband)Towels
Water Bottles (at least 2)Medical AlertsWashcloths(s) or Bath Sponge
Bike Lights 
(doubles as a night flashlight!)
Cash / Debit / Credit CardsDry Off Sport Towel            
(TYR recommended)
Cell PhoneToothbrush / Toothpaste
Spare Tubes (at least 2)Deodorant
Tire LeversHair Brush / Comb
Sweat Bands / Skull Caps (keeps sweat out of eyes)Patch KitShampoo / Conditioner
Bike GlovesPump / C02 CatridgesSoap / Body Wash
Bike ShortsBike Tools (Allen Wrench Set)Razor
SocksBike LockShaving Cream
Bike Jerseys & TopsHand SanitizerLotion
Tights / Arm Warmers         
(for cool mornings)
Sun Screen & SPF Lip BalmBand-Aids
Shoes / SandalsChaomis Butter (lube for your tush)Antibiotic Cream
Rain & Outerwear Gear
Toilet PaperTylenol / Aleve / Ibuprofen
Recommended Casual WearCampsitePrescription Medications
T-Shirts & ShortsTent, Stakes, Mallet, Ground ClothEyeglasses / Contacts
Pair of PantsSleeping BagFeminine Hygiene Products
Hooded SweatshirtPillowNail Clippers
UndergarmentsAir Mattress / PadEar Plugs
SocksCamp Chair (If it fits in your bag)Safety Pins
SleepwearInsect Repellent
SwimsuitScissors &/or Pocket Knife
Walking ShoesPhone / Tablet Charger

Notepad & Pen, Addresses & Phone #s

Grocery Bag for Trash


Interested In or Already Traveling with Bike Burlington?! 

Click HERE for more registration information! Please note the following tips, too:

Packing Requirements & Tips:

  • Limit luggage to 3 pieces (includes all gear, sleeping bag & tent)
  • Do not use plastic totes, trash bags or cans. Duffle bags work best!  
  • Pack each day’s clothing together in an individual, Ziploc bag (push air out when sealing).This keeps clothes protected, dry from rain & dew, and makes them easy to find together each day.

Bike Drop-Off & Transportation:

  • Bring your bicycle to Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness by 6p.m. Thursday, July 16th or 4p.m. Friday, July 17th (the earlier, the better) to be safely secured for transport. Please Noteif you bring your bike Saturday morning (if there is room), it will go into the storage unit under the charter bus. Your bike is at a significantly greater risk of being damaged being transported this way; this is not recommended.